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Contributors - Spring 2006

Gail Galloway Adams has had stories and poems published in The American Voice, The Georgia Review, The North American Review and others. Her collection of short fiction The Purchase of Order won the Flannery O’Connor Award and has been reissued in paperback. The title story was selected for inclusion in The Prentice Hall Anthology of Women’s Literature.

She is on the permanent workshop staff at Wildacres Writers’ Conference in Little Switzerland, N.C. and in 1991 was the McGee Professor in Creative Writing at Davidson College.

On the creative writing faculty of the English department at West Virginia University, Adams was named West Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (C.A.S.E.). She continues to work on short stories, the most recent of which appeared in The Kenyon Review.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy award, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted for the Booker. A 2003 O. Henry Prize winner, Adichie's short fiction has appeared in various literary publications, including Granta and the Iowa Review. She attended Eastern Connecticut State University and Johns Hopkins University. She presently divides her time between Nigeria and the United States, where she is a Hodder fellow at Princeton University.


Kendall Anderson is a photographer and graduate architect who has spent much of the past few years crawling around dark and dirty buildings to photograph the decaying ruins of our recent industrial history. His interest is in documenting and sharing the fascinating spaces existing in our mundane world which are overlooked and ignored.


Peter Groesbeck is an artist, photographer and graphic designer. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he received the Cresson Traveling Fellowship. He has received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant for his photography. He most recently showed at Pentimenti Gallery, in Old City in Philadelphia. He will be showing his most recent paintings at the JMS Gallery in Chestnut Hill, in June. His photography can be viewed at


Dieter Haller (PhD 1991 Heidelberg, Habil 1999 Frankfurt/Oder), cultural and social anthropologist, is Prof. of Social Anthropology at Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, Germany. He has taught as Professor in Frankfurt/Main (2000), Hamburg (2001), Granada (2002), at the University of Texas/Austin (2003-2005) and as Theodor-Heuss Lecturer at New School University/New York (2003). His main fields of interest are port cities, borderlands, diaspora, ethnicity, Gibraltar, Spain, and the Mediterranean. His latest publications are a monography on Gibraltar (Gelebte Grenze Gibraltar, Wiesbaden: Deutscher Universitätsverlag 2000), on Corruption (coedited with Cris Shore, 2005), an introduction into Cultural Anthropology (DTV-Atlas zur Ethnologie, München, 2005)


Ann Hood is the author of seven novels: Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, Waiting to Vanish, Three-Legged Horse, Something Blue, Places to Stay the Night, The Properties of Water, and Ruby. Her nonfiction book entitled Do Not Go Gentle: My Search For Miracles in a Cynical Time has been widely anthologized in The Best American Spiritual Writing, The Pushcart Prize and many other collections. Her short story collection, An Ornithologist's Guide to Life was published recently by Norton. Ann is currently working on another novel, The Knitting Circle, also to be published by Norton.

She has published short stories, essays, and book reviews in The Missouri Review, Parenting, Mademoiselle, Redbook, Seventeen, Story, Self, Cosmopolitan, McCalls, Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, MORE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and many other notable publications.


George Winston Lee is a professional writer and editor living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, a self-syndicated humour columnist (10 newspapers) and opinion writer. Recent credits include an essay in the Toronto Globe and Mail, and has a photo forthcoming in Stock Car Racing Magazine to run in the May edition.  His awards include Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association Blue Flame photographic awards, 1997 human interest and 1980 spot news.


Jane McGuffin's poetry has appeared in several print publications, including "A Trouble to the Gaolers" and "Workshop: New Poetry."


Cris Shore is professor of social anthropology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.  He is author of several books including (with Stephen Nugent) Elite Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives (Routledge, 2002) and Anthropology and Cultural Studies (Pluto, 1997); with Susan Wright, Anthropology of Policy: Critical Perspectives on Governance and Power  (Routledge, 1997), and with Akbar Ahmed,The Future of Anthropology (Athlone, 1995). His work focuses on issues in political anthropology, policy and governance. He has carried out fieldwork in Italy, from which he wrote Italian Communism: The Escape from Lenin  (Pluto, 1990), and more recently among EU civil servants in Brussels, which resulted in Building Europe: The Cultural Politics of European Integration, (Routledge, 2000). Besides the EU, his current research interest is in the politics of accountability and the rise of "audit culture."


R. T. Smith's books of poetry include Messenger (LSU, 2001), winner of the Library of Virginia Poetry Prize, and The Hollow Log Lounge (Illinois, 2003), winner of the 2004 Maurice English Prize.  His poems have appeared recently in Southern Review, Missouri Review, Ploughshares and The Sewanee Review.  His next book, a collection of stories, is entitled Uke Rivers Delivers and will be published by LSU late in 2006, to be followed by a collection of poems, Outsider.  Smith's fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthology and three times in New Stories from the South.  He lives in Rockbridge County, Virginia and has edited SHENANDOAH: THE WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY REVIEW since 1995.



Elaine Terranova is the author of three books of poems, The Dog's Heart, The Cult of the Right Hand, winner of the Walt Whitman Award, and Damages, and of a forthcoming collection, Not To. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner and most recently in Tiferet, Chautauqua Literary Journal, and Shade. She received a National Endowment in the Arts Fellowship in Literature and two Pennsylvania Council grants. She has been Banister Writer in Residence at Sweet Briar College and a Fellow at Bread Loaf. She teaches writing at the Community College of Philadelphia.


Ania Vesenny was born and raised in the former USSR. After enjoying the fast-paced life in Toronto for almost 12 years, she is now on her way to a small Arctic community. She will keep her husband, her kids and the books. And paper and quills. And a warm jacket. Unfortunately she was just informed that the toys will have to come too – even those already labeled ‘donation’. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, Cezanne's Carrot, Mad Hatter’s Review, and FRiGG. She is an associate editor for Vestal Review.


Doug Wartman is a guitarist and student living in Bucks County Pennsylvania.  His music defies a label, but most call his style experimental.  He is currently studying harmonic theory, aural theory, jazz history and guitar.


Luke Whisnant is the author of Watching TV with the Red Chinese, a novel, and Street, a chapbook of poems.  His work has appeared in a number of journals and has been anthologized in This Is Where We Live: Stories by Contemporary North Carolina Writers, and Racing Home: New Stories by Award-Winning NC Writers.  Two of his stories have been reprinted in New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, and a third will appear in fall 2006.  He teaches creative writing and literature at East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC.










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